Friday, June 18, 2010

Racial Sensitivity Watch: World Cup Edition II

A couple of days ago an overzealous Mexican soccer fan plopped a sombrero on top of a statue of Nelson Mandela, for which he was quickly shackled in irons and dragged off to District 9, while all sorts of officials demanded apologies for the "insult." We're pretty sure that if Mexico hadn't battled South Africa to an unexpected tie in the opening game, the "insult" would have been allowed to slide, but to us what's really interesting is the the threshold for what the article classifies as "lamentable conduct," given that this is the way Mexican television is covering the tournament:





And yes, the host is an alcoholic clown. Deal with it.

(The linked-to article mentions a few previous incidents of Mexicans Behaving Badly at the World Cup, our favorite being the fan who pissed on the eternal flame at the Arc de Triomphe. Now that's an "insulto internacional.")

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

ha ha, it was Enrique Burak's fault. Who is Jewish by the way. The one with the green t-shirt.

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